40+ Best Christmas Baking Recipes


40+ Best Christmas Baking Recipes

Best Christmas Baking Recipes

The holiday season can mean different things to different people, but for many people, the arrival of Christmas means it's time to get baking. Though Christmas is still a ways off, it's never too early to start making plans for your Christmas baking adventures.

There is plenty to think about in regards to your Christmas baking. Who are you cooking for? Are you baking for gifts? What kinds of treats should you bake? After you've figured out these answers, you may want to practice the recipes you plan to use in order to perfect them before Christmastime! (This may just be an excuse to eat Christmas treats all year long, but we won't tell anyone!) 

If you're ready to plan your holiday baking, or if you just want to indulge in cookies for a while, check out our list of the best Christmas baking recipes.

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Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas cookies are a neccessity in a list of Christmas goodies. Everyone loves a yummy tray of cookies, no matter the time of year, but these Christmas cookies are sure to be everyone's new favorites.

Candy Cane Christmas Cookies

These Candy Cane Kiss Christmas Cookies are the perfect cookie to lift your spirits and get you in the Christmas mood (even if Christmas is still months away)! 

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Traditional Christmas Cookies

 A good assortment of Christmas cookies isn't complete without a few butter cookies. If you're looking for that perfect recipe, you'll love these sugar-coated cookies! 

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

These easy chocolate sugar cookies are a delicious twist on the classic holiday cookie. We're sure that these holiday cookies will be a hit with any chocolate lovers in your life. 

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M&M Christmas Cookies

We love chocolate chip cookies but these M&M cookies raise the bar to a completely new level. These chewy and delicious cookies are perfect for Christmas! 

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Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

If you're looking for a show stopping dessert recipe for the holiday season, this is it! This beautiful Christmas Tree Cookie Stack is everything you could want in a dessert! 

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Red Velvet Christmas Cookies

Have you been missing your favorite Christmas cookies? We love the delicious red velvet peanut butter cookie sealed with a chocolate kiss. 

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Meringue Christmas Cookies

I cannot get enough of these delicious Meringue Christmas Cookies. One of the best parts about these cookies is their versatility. They are so fun to make and to eat!

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Sugar Cookie Christmas Wreath

These are some of the fastest Christmas cookies you can make and they're delicious! You can make these Christmas Wreath Cookies in under fifteen minutes. 

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Eggnog Sugar Cookies

If you love eggnog, you just have to try these Eggnog Sugar Cookies! They are the perfect treat for a holiday party. 

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Snowman Christmas Cookies

Frosty the Snowman is here (but not for long)! These delicious snowman cookies are so cute they're bound to go fast. 

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Coconut Snow Balls

These adorable coconut snowballs are almost too cute to eat... almost! We love this easy Christmas dessert recipe because you can make it quickly, and it looks great on your dessert table. 

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Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

These easy Snowball Cookies will melt in your mouth! They're easy, quick, delicious, and freeze very well - making them perfect for holiday batch baking! 

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Easy Gingerbread Recipes

Okay, I know gingerbread should be with the cookies but this treat is so distinct and reminiscent of Christmas that I thought it deserved its own category. Whether you're making a traditional gingerbread cookie, a gingerbread man, or a gingerbread Mickey Mouse, you'll find the recipe here!

Gingerbread Cookies

These gingerbread cookies are served with a cream cheese frosting and are entirely gluten free! What's not to love? 

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Cookies

This easy cookie recipe is made with four ingredients and just one bowl. They are a soft, chewy, and delicious holiday treat!

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Gingerbread Man Christmas Cookie

Once you make these delicious gingerbread man cookies, they sure won't stick around for long. Everyone loves the classic Christmas cookie and this recipe is no exception! 

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Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies

This twist on the classic gingerbread cookie is sure to be loved by friends and family. Who doesn't appreciate a little extra chocolate? 

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Gingerbread Mickey Mouse Cookies

For any family who is obsessed with Disney - these are the cookies for you! Make Mickey Mouse a part of your holiday celebrations with these adorable gingerbread cookies.

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Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

Two festive flavors come together in this cookie recipe that is sure to astonish all cookie lovers. Gingerbread Snickerdoodles will be an unforgettable treat on your holiday table! 

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Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

This easy gluten free cookie recipe is a perfect way to gather everyone together in the kitchen and spend time together during the holidays. Everyone will enjoy this delicious gingerbread cookie! 

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Lebkuchen Honey Gingerbread Cookies

Lebkuchen are very similar to gingerbread cookies but softer, spicier and much easier to make. They can be just shaped into slightly flattened balls, but it’s great fun to cut festive shapes, ice and decorate them! 

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Best Christmas Cakes

Cake may not be the most classic choice for a Christmas dessert, but honestly, I can't understand why! (Although it may have something to do with the infamous nature of fruit cake. Say what you will about it, I'm still including a fruit cake recipe.) I promise if you try any of these delicious recipes, you will have a new Christmas go-to!

Chocolate Yule Log

This classic Christmas recipe takes on a festive twist with a chocolate mousse filling. This decadent dessert is the perfect holiday indulgence! 

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Fruitcake Recipe

This is a classic fruitcake recipe with a healthy twist! If you're looking for some healthy Christmas baking recipes, this fruitcake is bound to be one of the best you've ever had!

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Cranberry Holiday Cake with Sugared Cranberries

This beautiful rustic holiday cake recipe is topped with sugared cranberries and is guaranteed to look stunning on your holiday table! 

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Butter Pecan Cake

Butter pecan is a dessert flavor that never goes out of style. The combination of rich butter and sweet caramel never gets old! 

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Eggnog Cheesecake Cupcakes

What do you get when you combine a traditional holiday drink and classic dessert? Eggnog Cheesecake Cupcakes, of course! This holiday dessert recipe makes for a fantastic way to start out the season in style. 

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Santa Belt Christmas Cupcakes

These adorable Christmas cupcakes are not only delicious, they're so much fun to make! Everyone at your holiday party will "ooo" and "aww" over these cleverly decorated cupcakes! 

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Christmas Pie Recipes

We love a delicious pie after a Christmas feast. If you're looking for something a little more festive to spice up that after-dinner delight, check out these Christmasy pies the whole family will adore!

No Bake Christmas Fruit Pie

This light, creamy fruit pie puts fruitcake to shame. This No Bake Christmas Fruit Pie is the best easy no-bake pie for you to rely on this holiday season. 

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Vegan Christmas Mince Pies

For anyone in your family with dietary restrictions, these Vegan Christmas Mince Pies are the perfect alternative! These mince pies are easy to make and guaranteed to be a hit! 

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Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie

Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie just got a whole lot easier! With this recipe, you can make this favorite holiday pie in your slow cooker, without sacrificing flavor.

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Christmas Kiss Pies

Christmas Kiss Pies are so easy and made with only two ingredients. This adorable Christmas dessert idea is the perfect addition to any holiday gathering!

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Eggnog Pie

If you're looking for good Christmas dessert ideas, then check out this Eggnog Pie recipe! This simple dessert recipe is so easy to make that you won't want to make anything else for the rest of the holiday season. 

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White Chocolate and Peppermint Pie

This White Chocolate and Peppermint Pie is just a mouthful of holiday flavors. The light and fluffy pie contrasts perfectly with the graham cracker crust, combining to make an unforgettable holiday dessert. 

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Best Breads for Christmas

No baking list is complete without a few delicious loaves of bread and Christmas breads are some of my absolute favorites! Cranberry, Peppermint, Ginger. Oh My! You cannot go wrong with a warm loaf of bread on a crispy, cool morning.


This traditional Austrian bread recipe, Kletzenbrot, is a delicious and nutty Christmas bread. It's also a lovely gift idea for the holiday season! 

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Rum-Frosted Eggnog Bread

Rum-Frosted Eggnog Bread might just be the most perfect Christmas dessert recipe. Make this quick bread recipe at your next holiday party and impress your guests!

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Lemon Cranberry Bread

Lemon Cranberry Bread is the perfect holiday bread recipe. The sweet and citrusy flavors will be the perfect addition to your holiday table!  

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Oreo Peppermint Bark Bread

This quick bread recipe is rich, indulgent, and perfect for Christmas. Oreo Peppermint Bark Bread is also a wonderful dessert to share as a gift!  

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Gingerbread

This delicious dessert bread is a Christmas classic. The added pumpkin flavoring makes this the perfect thing to eat when you're cuddling up inside with a book on a cold day. 

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Panettone Italian Christmas Sweet Bread

This traditional Italian Sweet Bread is a Christmas recipe that has been passed down for generations. Topped with powdered sugar, this delightful recipe will be adored by the whole family!

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Other Holiday Baking Recipes

There's so much more to Christmas baking than cookies, cakes, and bread! If you don't believe me, check out these bonus baked goodies to serve up at your holiday party (or just to make for yourself on a cozy night in.)

Cranberry Cherry Tarts with Almond Glaze

These Cranberry Cherry Tarts are essentially individual Christmas pies. Watch your kitchen counter, because these mini pies will been gone in no time!  

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Santa's Favorite Christmas Crack Candy

This recipe for Santa's Favorite Christmas Crack Candy is sure to be the hit of your holiday party. Enjoy this cracker toffee recipe and be sure to share it with all of your friends!

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Chocolate Cherry Lush

Chocolate Cherry Lush is a heavenly, five-layered dessert that will have you making it for every party! This is so rich that you will be thinking you are eating a gourmet dessert!

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Oreo "Lumps of Coal"

Tradition says that you don't want a lump of coal from Santa in your Christmas stocking. But we think you might change your mind after you try this recipe!  

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